character development Archives - Joanna Campbell Slan

Keep It Spare and Lean: An Interview with Chris Grabenstein

Note: Chris Grabenstein will be one of the Guests of Honor at Sleuthfest, March 1 – 3, 2012. He’s the author of the John Ceepak series, for which he won the Anthony Award for “Best First Mystery.” JCS:  Chris, I know that unlike most authors, you didn’t just get a wild idea and start writing. Before […]

Living a Deeply Satisfying Life

Took a quiz on BlogThings, and “discovered” this: Your Life is Deeply Satisfying You live a satisfying life even when it’s not easy. You are dedicated to being happy.You make sure to what you’re passionate about. You don’t waste any moments.You surround yourself with people you cherish. There is a lot of love in your […]

Desire Paths–Why Authors Must Create Them to Sell Books

Ever notice those footpaths between bushes, those stomped down walkways that go from a parking lot to the sidewalk, the ones clearly NOT planned by the landscaper where folks have made their own trail to get from Point A to Point B? Those are called Desire Paths. That’s a term architects use to desire “non-authorized” […]